Custom PC at a non-custom price

Subject: Systems | October 27, 2008 - 02:28 PM |
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AVADirect is a custom system builder that uses a lot of the tricks you find in boutique systems, without the insane prices.  The system that Ryan tried has a C2Quad Q9450 pumped up to 3.40 GHz and 4GB OCZ Platinum EB Edition PC3-12800, giving you some serious power.  The 9800GTX+ is a little odd to include; it is still a solid card but will have great difficulties keeping up with the speed of the CPU and RAM.  At $2450 it is has rather impressive stats and you can always customize your build to beef up the graphics subsystem.
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Introduction and Specifications

AVADirect is a relatively unknown system builder in the boutique world and is a small company that has a lot to offer. For a much lower price than you can get comparatively fast Alienware or Voodoo systems, AVADirect can build you a top-of-the-line gaming PC for a reasonable cost while also offering the tech support that many gamers really want.

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Manufacturer: Alienware
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Introduction and Specifications

Alienware is the most well known name in the world of boutique system builders and they have a wide following of users consider the size of pre-built enthusiast PCs. Today we are looking a new Area-51 system configuration that sports some impressively fast components including a QX9770, VelociRaptor drives and CrossFire X graphics cards.

Sending a clear signal

Subject: Systems | October 22, 2008 - 06:13 PM |
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Snbeamtech's UFO case will give you a very unique looking system, the clear acrylic lets people see every component you chose in clear detail.  They've expanded their lineup with an HTPC model, keeping the clear acrylic but reducing the size to fit in with stereo components.  Four 80mm fans keep the air moving and your components cool, though you should not expect too much, the acrylic sides do not radiate any heat as metal would.  See right through it in the review on Hardware Secrets.

See Crysis for under $1000 a system

Subject: Systems | October 14, 2008 - 05:27 PM |
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Legion Hardware set themselves a rather difficult task, building a gaming PC for $900 that can handle todays games at a full 1680x1050 resolution.  4GBs of RAM, an Intel Core2 Duo and an HD4850 later and they were playing Crysis Warhead on Gamer settings and seeing an average of 28fps.  A few tweaks or some reduction in quality to Mainstream and you can expect the game to play even more smoothly. 

Remote HTPCing

Subject: Systems | October 6, 2008 - 05:07 PM |
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An HTPC can really add a lot of functionality to your current TV and stereo system, but the cases aren't always the perfect shape for your current home theatre stand.  If you have a snazzy HTPC that doesn't fit, or are not particularly interested in picking up a purpose built HTPC case, consider the SageTV HD Media Extender.  I4U took a look at this device which supports inputs including MPEG1, 2, 4, H.264 up to 1080p, and many more.  It outputs via HDMI, component, composite and S-Video and it's audio include

Source: I4U News

Good things come in micro packages

Subject: Systems | September 24, 2008 - 04:40 PM |
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Checking out the GMC Noblesse AVC-S1 HTPC case is a great idea if you are looking for a case that doesn't take up much room, and can still manage to show HD content.  On the other hand, if you are looking for an HTPC that can fit normal sized components and heatsinks, you may not want to go this route.  Drop by R&B Mods to see why.

Ryan goes 4x4-ing

Subject: Systems | September 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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The Hardware Leaderboard has undergone an update, especially the dream machine.  It is now worth about $3761, which gets you a Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and the ability to run a pair of Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB cards, though the official system only has one.  You could also upgrade to a QX9770 if you so wished.  Check out the other components in the dream machine and the other four systems here.

Let someone else do the work

Subject: Systems | September 3, 2008 - 01:39 PM |
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The Cyberpower Gaming Infinity Quad Elite system offers you a lot of power without much work, though it will take a good chunk of your money.  You do get what you pay for from Cyberpower; the full review at DriverHeaven certainly proves that.  The list of components read like most gamers wish list and the Anubis case is the icing on the cake.  Go take a look, but be prepared to feel envious.

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There is inexpensive, and then there is cheap

Subject: Systems | August 25, 2008 - 01:31 PM |
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mCubed has just released an HFX Mini HTPC case, which promises a cheap alternative to other passively cooled HTPC cases.  Unfortunately, from bit-tech's testing it looks like they managed to get both meanings of the word cheap to apply.  While certainly less expensive that other similar cases, the use of riser cards and the inconveniently tight design mean you should read through the article carefully before running out and buying one.

Source: bit-tech